Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Manama, Bahrain - Soldiers and police storm Pearl Square
16/03/2011 - MANAMA, Bahrain At least five people are dead after soldiers and riot police drove anti-government protesters out of a square in Bahrain's capital today.
The assault on the protesters' camp began at daybreak when soldiers and police stormed Pearl Square in armored vehicles, firing tear gas. Black smoke could be seen rising from the area from protesters' tents set ablaze.
Witnesses says at least two protesters were killed in the initial assault, while hospital officials say a third protester later died from gunshot wounds in his back.
A government statement says two policemen died when they were "repeatedly run over by three vehicles containing protesters leaving the fringes of the scene."
The Interior Ministry says another policeman was killed yesterday.
It's unclear whether a contingent of soldiers from other Gulf nations took part in the offensive.
Posted by sysiphus at 18:49